Arts Apprenticeship Program 

A partnership between Lane Arts Council and Springfield School District. 

This program pairs middle school and high school students with professional artists in the Eugene/Springfield community for 25 apprenticeship hours over a 10 week period. Apprenticeships are typically three months in length, but many students have continued either working with their original mentor or investigating a new artistic career path.

The apprenticeship program:

  • Pairs two to three middle school or high school (Hamlin Middle and Gateways High School) students with an artist mentor, for a total of 25 hours at the artist’s place of employment, studio, or other location(s) to provide a well-rounded and informative apprenticeship.
  • Supports students in creating a hands on component/project that can be presented or demonstrated at the end of the term.
  • Introduces students to business aspects of artistic careers including marketing and finances.

Professional artists, educators, and arts education organizations are helping students who are considering a career in the arts. Whether or not these students do pursue artistic careers, this experience aims to help them cultivate “world of work” skills that they will use throughout their lives in any professional field.

Current and previous artist mentors have been Jud Turner (sculpture and metalwork), Ariana Schwartz (costume design and textiles), Tim McLaughlin (music), Jayme Vineyard (leatherworking), Linda Burden-Williams (acting, screenwriting), Mitra Chester (fashion design, recyclable art) and the Emerald Arts Center (felting, painting, drawing, and gallery management).

Lane Arts Council’s Arts Apprenticeship Program 2016-2017 is generously funded by the Oregon Arts Commission, Springfield Education Foundation, US Bank, Toyota and Autzen Foundation.

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